Would the baseline 13" MacBook pro be good for video editing

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ThisIsMe, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. ThisIsMe, Apr 19, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012

    ThisIsMe macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    Looking to buy a 2011 13" MacBook pro and a thunderbolt display for video editing would that be the best setup .
  2. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    That depends...

    If you're getting into professional video editing, then I would say no and that you should get one that has an additional GPU and at least 8GB of RAM.

    Now if you're just going to edit home movies and stuff like that for little projects, then the base model should be fine.

    But if I were you, I would go to the clearance section on Apple.com and look at their refurbished models. you can get a Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7 for $1,529. That's the model that I have that I bought new for $600 more.
  3. urweirdmister macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2012
    Los Angeles, Ca
    It depends

    I agree with what RedCroissant said, if you're looking to get into it professionally then I wouldn't, but if it's for personal projects you wont have a problem. I had a project in college that had hours of raw footage to render and edit on final cut 5 and my 2008 white macbook w/4GB RAM did the job just fine.
  4. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    If you’re serious about it then why not go with an iMac, unless portability is really needed. If you were to buy a baseline MBP it would cost $1249, plus another $1000 for the Thunderbolt Display. That’s $2249.

    Meanwhile, for about the same amount ($50 more) you can get a 27” iMac with the upgrade to a 3.4GHz i7 (much better then then 2.4 i5) and the 6970m GPU with 2GB of VRAM which is above and beyond anything the MBP’s GPU could offer.

    With that said, if you’re just doing basic iMovie stuff anything will do, I can use iMove ’11 just fine on my 2008 macbook. If that’s all your doing though the Thunderbolt display is expensive overkill. A decent 1080p monitor can be had for under $400.

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